Southend: Public thank officers
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“Thank you, thank you, thank you. First peaceful weekend for 2 months”.
Just one of the many positive comments we have received as our officers worked hard to make Southend safer for you during the summer months.
Our officers went to 340 incidents and stopped and spoke to more than 2,800 people over the summer as we increased our visible patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour and violence in and around the seafront.
Businesses and residents have thanked our officers for their work.
One Chalkwell Avenue resident said:
“The presence of officers in the area walking is truly felt. The officers we have encountered have been absolutely brilliant. Interactive and approachable. You are doing a first-class job. Well done Essex Police, and thank you.”
Marc Miller, Managing Director of Adventure Island had this to say:
“The seafront this year has been a wonderment in its transformation in contrast from earlier in the summer. We know the troublemakers saw the light and stayed away once they understood the rules of the game.”
Mr Miller went on to say, “It was actually quite a pleasant experience meandering along Marine Parade for the first time in years. The police no doubt will be modest in accepting praise, but I do firmly believe the seafront including Leigh and the High Street should all unite in thanking those officers involved. They dealt with them in a firm but fair manner, even through extreme provocation at times.
“Whatever they get paid is never enough for the incredible risks they take.”
Chief Inspector Ian Hughes, District Commander, said:
“The positive comments have been very welcome and prove that our increased efforts to make Southend seafront safe have been well received. Reassurance is one of our top priorities and to be told ‘I have noticed a huge increase in policing over the last couple of weeks’ and that ‘your force is doing an outstanding job’ shows that our efforts have hit the mark.
“We welcome those who want to come to Southend and enjoy themselves, but we cannot have a small minority coming to the seafront area and causing upset, leaving the locals to pay the cost of their actions, both emotionally and financially.
“Policing can often be taken at face value – a police officer walking the beat – but the amount of planning and resources that goes into something like this takes time, teamwork and resources to make it a success. Comments such as ‘People were remarking how good it was to see a police presence, and it seems to have produced results’ are fantastic. Positive engagement is everything in this job.
“To demonstrate our commitment to this issue we were supported by colleagues from other departments and the Operational Support Group, channelling our resources to make a big impact during this summer period.
“But we couldn’t do it all by ourselves, and I would like to thank all the residents and partners in the emergency services, local authorities, businesses and local security officers who helped contribute and support our efforts.”
District Commander Hughes went on to say: “We are already working on similar plans for summer 2022. Hopefully this will be the first summer without any covid restrictions and even more people will come to Southend seafront to spend some enjoyable family time in our great county. Our priorities will remain the same, reduce anti-social behaviour and prevent violent crime, and we will continue to target those who would want to harm Southend’s reputation. We will continue to commit resources where they will be the most effective and we will continue our partnership work with the support of those who helped us this year.”